The Bruins beat the Flyers 3-1 tonight, although the score is some what misleading. The Flyers and Bruins were deadlocked at 1-1 going into the 3rd, but after giving up 2 weak goals in 1:15 the Flyers proved that a 2 goal lead was too much to overcome.
The game was a defensive struggle all night, stifling defense was played by both teams, and the talent on both teams was prominently displayed as well.
This game also featured the return of Ryan Parent who was taking to place of Braydon Colburn, who was out with the flu. The 21 year old defender spent a stint of 15 games with the Phantoms this season and registered 1 assist. Parent, however, is not there for his scoring, he did a very formidable job keeping one of the most offensively explosive teams in the league in check this game.
Not to make excuses for the Flyers but they were missing Mike Richards, Scotty Upshall, and previously mentioned Braydon Colburn due to the flu. The Bruins proved tonight that this team will be hard to play at full strenghth forget about shorthanded.
Speaking of shorthanded, once again it was a position that the the Flyers found themselves way too often tonight. Not only did they take a lot of penalties, they took a lot of bad penalties. The Flyers seemed to be caught out of position consistently.
Everyone knows that the Eagles need a legitimate no. 1 wide receiver, the Flyers need a no.1 goalie just as bad. Marty Biron did not play a bad game, he just got completely out played by his all-star counterpart Tim Thomas. Thomas made dazzling saves all night, including one save in the first period in which he absolutely took Jeff Carter's 33rd goal of the season away.
The Flyers next game is against the same Boston Bruins on Saturday to look for some revenge, it would help the Flyers a lot if Richards, Upshall, and Colburn could go.